Moxibustion is an ancient form of heat therapy that originated in China. （Photo/CGTN）
The thousands-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is gaining popularity in China. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in TCM with the procedure featuring dried plant materials called "moxa" being burned on or near the surface of the skin. It has been proven effective in preventing and treating diseases with heat stimulation on acupoints or related parts of the body.
Dr. Zhao Lili has been working in the fields of acupuncture and moxibustion for more than 30 years at the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of TCM in central China's Henan Province. Her proudest achievement is one particular type of moxibustion called the "Fire Dragon Moxibustion".
The technique is said to have originated from palaces in ancient China and was learnt and carried forward by the hospital.
"Some patients are allergic to the smoke from the burning moxa, so we studied medical books dating back to the Jin Dynasty more than 1,500 years ago. Then we modified the traditional fire treatment method into the 'Fire Dragon Moxibustion'. The biggest advantage of the treatment is that it's a comprehensive one. The temperature is controllable, the moxa and herbs will be soaked first and applied to the body, and we can massage acupuncture points at the same time," said Zhao.
Apart from expelling the cold and stimulating blood circulation, the therapy can also help with back problems, Zhao added.